Nov 19, 2012 4:00am PST
? anderson cooper live for us this morning in gaza. >> president obama takes a historic trip to myanmar and cambodia. what he has to say and why everyone is not happy the president is even there? >> is the black friday frenzy all just a big scam? how you can stay home this year and still get the best deals. >>> the clock is ticking here on the fiscal cliff. we continue to talk about it. 43 days to go. why there is new optimism there will be a deal reached soon. >> it is monday, november 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. soledad is off today. we want to welcome in our special team that's joined us here. "new york times" columnist. nan hayworth. ron brownstein, cnn political analyst is here as well. >> welcome to you all. we will be talking here in a moment. we have to begin with the huge story. "starting point," this morning, death and despair mounting in the middle east. the conflict in gaza city, it is intensifying. it's been intensifying overnight. look at the destruction here. an israeli missile slamming into a residential neighborhood taking out th
Nov 19, 2012 2:00am PST
for cease-fire talks. hamas demanding an end to israel's military blockade in gaza in order to end the violence. israelis insisting they'll finish the job with a ground offensive if air strikes don't end the conflicts. >>> president obama praising myanmar's rapid political reforms during his historic visit there. the first sitting u.s. president to travel to that country. mr. obama also met with fellow nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest in myanmar. she expressed concern about a, quote, mirage of success in myanmar's reforms. >> and the american music award goes to -- justin bieber! >> that's cool. don't stop believing. justin bieber sweeps the american music awards winning all three categories in which he was nominated including the biggest award of the night, artist of the year. and his mom was on stage. other big winners, taylor swift, carly rae jepsen and mickey minaj. probably one of the oddest performances ever. i give you m.c. hammer gangnam style. ♪ >> that is cool. >> i like it. >> i do, too. >> you know, i was at the madonna
Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
clinton in. he should be the mediator in this latest conflict. would israel or gaza welcome bill clinton? >> reporter: i've been saying that, actually, myself. i wrote a blog post on our "situation room" blog post months ago saying after george mitchell, the obama administration's special envoy for israeli/palestinian peace negotiations, after he ended his tour without any success at all. that's been more than a year ago. maybe a year and a half or so ago. i said they need -- really, they need someone who's got clout with the israelis. who's got clout with the palestinians in the arab world. i thought bill clinton, especially with his wife leaving as secretary of state, maybe that would be a good assignment for him. he's taken on other assignments like haiti relief, for example, the tsunami. i know he got -- the final months of his presidency to a deal between the israelis and the palestinians. i think mccain may be on to something. i don't know if bill clinton would want to do it. i've asked him that question in an interview i did with him a few months back. he didn't say no. he didn't
Nov 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
in gaza. these pictures show a building used by hamas and the sites of a war plane and being wiped out completely by a direct hit. meanwhile, president obama doing some kind of a balancing act now, warning israel about the dangers of expanding its air assault into a ground war, while also defending israel's right to defend itself. his comments during a trip to thailand. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. so, we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. >> all this as israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warns his country is ready to expand its military operation with thousands of troops gathering near the israel-gaza border awaiting a possible ground invasion. and amid the prospect of more bloodshed moments of reflection. hundreds of jewish worshippers gathering at the western wall and praying for those living in the fire in the southern town. it's early monday morning now on the israel-gaza border.